15 Jan 2019

Devin Haney: A Star in Waiting

Most young fighters think about ticket sales as it dominants the boxing industry and often gives young fighters the shot at a big opportunity, but for 20-year-old Devin Haney of Oakland, California, he had a different plan, to use the newly formed smartphone technology and apps that went with the

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03 Jan 2019

Prospect of the Year (under 10 fights) Chris Colbert

Chris Colbert is a unique fighter in the sense that he has fought at least three step-up bouts before he has had ten professional fights. The New York native who came off immature in the Jay Bulger doc “Counterpunch”, has done a feat not a lot of fighters prior to

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03 Jan 2019

2018 Prospect of the Year: Maxim Dadashev

Not a lot of casual fans might know who Maxim Dadashev is, but the 28-year-old Russian is quietly amassing an impressive resume and with Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney already advanced the prospect point, we figured we’d give this award to someone very deserving and hardly ever talked about in

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03 Jan 2019

2018 Knockout of the Year: Naoya Inoue KOs Payano

[THIS VIDEO WAS NOT UPLOADED BY US, BUT IS ON YOUTUBE AND LINKED TO THE EXACT VIDEO ON ANOTHER SITE.] “The Monster” Naoya Inoue is already a top 5 pound-for-pound fighter, but the sense is that once he comes to North America it is only a matter of time before

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03 Jan 2019

Top Rank signs Jeremy Adorno and Sonny Castro

Top Rank is proud to announce it has signed two of the East Coast’s brightest amateur stars — Puerto Rican-born super bantamweight Jeremy “Magic Hands” Adorno and South Philadelphia-born heavyweight Sonny Conto — to multi-year contracts. Conto and Adorno will make their professional debuts in four-round bouts Friday, Feb. 8

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02 Jan 2019

2018 Northern California Fight of the Year: Ryan Bourland vs. Jose Hernandez II

In a rematch of their bout earlier this year in which Jose Hernandez picked up the decision over the hometown Bourland for the regional light heavyweight GBO title, Bourland made his last fight before retirement a good one. In a close and competitive bout, that saw both men have their

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01 Jan 2019

2019 Boxing Trainer of the Year: Sean O’Hagan

Sean O’Hagan, the father of Josh Warrington, took Warrington on a terrific year, having his son pull off two upsets defeated heavily acclaimed Lee Selby as well as former world champion Carl Frampton. O’Hagan, who is not a household name is deserving of this as he took a fighter who

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01 Jan 2019

Northern (and Central) California Fighter of the Year: Jose Ramirez

With the retirement of Andre Ward, the biggest fights in California taking place in Northern and Central California take place with WBC super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez. Ramirez, who has spent the majority of his career fighting in Fresno, CA, a short drive from his hometown of Avenal, Ca,

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01 Jan 2019

2018 Fight of the Year: Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares

A lot of fight of the year contenders or winners I have noticed have been bouts in which both fighters make critical mistakes and both have to fight back with a pension of heart after a physical or cognitive impairment forcing them out of their comfort zone. Well, this is a

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31 Dec 2018

2018 Boxer of the Year: Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk stands in rarified air as he did something that has only been done by only Terence Crawford at super lightweight in recent years as he unified his cruiserweight world title winning all four major belts over the course of the year fighting in opponent’s backyards. This intro can

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